Microsoft Announces Internet Services Network

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 6, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the Microsoft® Internet Services Network (ISN) at , designed to help ISPs meet the growing demand for Internet services based on the Microsoft Windows NT® Server operating system and Microsoft Internet Explorer. ISN complements the recently announced Microsoft Direct Access program, which helps a wide variety of value-added technology providers take advantage of business opportunities, products, training and resources from Microsoft. ISN delivers additional value to companies that provide Internet access and hosting services by delivering Internet-specific technology, training, support and content resources online.

“We created the Internet Services Network to be Microsoft’s primary communication vehicle for network operators and ISPs and to help them be successful delivering superior Internet solutions to customers,”
said Cameron Myhrvold, vice president, Internet customer unit at Microsoft.

ISN is designed to provide ISPs with early access to technology, online technical training and other benefits that will allow them to leverage the growing customer demand for
Windows NT-based Internet solutions and the industry momentum behind Microsoft Internet Explorer. The Internet Services Network Web site provides extensive technical configuration and product information, as well as an exclusive ISN membership opportunity for ISPs that offer Internet services using Microsoft technologies.

Internet Services Network Membership

The member area of the ISN site provides members with access to a variety of online training, newsgroup and information resources, and tools to help them keep abreast of the latest Microsoft technology, including the following:

  • The ISN Member Forum, where ISN members can converse and exchange information online

  • Indexed, searchable Internet-technology newsgroups

  • Online training on Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 for support engineers

  • A subscription to the ISN news list service to keep ISN members up-to-date with the latest news and announcements

  • A listing on the ISN member page, where customers can quickly find ISPs able to satisfy their need for Windows NT-based Web-hosting services

  • Special tools and resources for ISPs developed by Microsoft architectural engineers

“More and more customers are requiring Internet access, hosting and networking services as a standard part of their computing environment,”
said Tom Sorrell, president of, an ISP in Shelbyville, Ky.
“The Internet Services Network is a great resource that will help us deliver the best possible access, hosting and other advanced Internet services to our customers using Microsoft technologies.”

To learn more details about this new program and apply for membership, ISPs can visit . For more information on the Microsoft Direct Access program, visit .

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